The second edition of the solar cars race that will cross the Atacama Desert is under preparation. The Atacama Solar Challenge will be held from 15 to 19 November in the driest desert in the world, exposed to the toughest solar radiation in the Earth”s surface with its more than 1,100 W / m2 and located over 3,600 meters above sea level.
It is a unique competition in Latin America, the first of its kind, where teams from across the region gather in northern Chile to run 1000 km under the relentless sun of a barren wasteland with their innovative solar vehicles during four days of fierce competition.
The tour includes four stages. The first one starts in Humberstone to conclude in Calama, where the second stage begins towards Toconao and San Pedro de Atacama and back to Calama, to make way for the third stage in direction to Baquedano to then face the final stage from Carmen Alto with finish line back in Humberstone.
The Mathaios team, from San Mateo Institute of Technology, consists of 25 people, mainly robotics students advised by a multidisciplinary team of professors and engineers who aim at building and driving a solar vehicle powered by solar photovoltaic and mechanical energy. It is the only prototype developed by students of a grade level school enrolled in the competition. The rest are institutes and universities private and professional groups.
The team, sponsored by Eurener, uses as a power generator for their vehicle, the European manufacturer”s polycrystalline photovoltaic modules specially designed for this application. Eurener modules hold the certificates of electrical safety and quality and the most prestigious independent testing such as those by the Photon laboratory, attesting values that are above average.
The event is presented as an opportunity for research, development and innovation in renewable energies in Latin America enabling the participation of students, encouraging talent and ensuring the applicability of the developments in the Latin American reality. Thus, through an activity of great media coverage and supported by actions aimed at the younger generation, the competition seeks to convey a message to create global awareness regarding the use of renewable energy sources in general and solar energy in particular.